Dentist in Highland, MI is Provides Tips to Prevent Gum Infections and Disease
When speaking about oral health, most think first about how straight, white and clean the teeth are. In many cases, the gums get forgotten, but this is a mistake. Even if your teeth remain cavity-free and are sparkling white, this does not mean you are immune to gum disease. And since gum disease can be painless, many individuals may have no idea they are even suffering from it. Dr. Jill Seguin and the team at Milford Dental in Highland, MI work with patients to make sure they maintain healthy gums and provide tips for caring and preventing gum disease and infections.
When plaque starts building up along and underneath the gum line, it can cause an infection which begins to damage the gum and bone. This leads to the earliest stages of gum disease, gingivitis. Some visible symptoms of gingivitis become apparent when gums are:
- Quick to bleed
Other signs that you may have gum disease include:
- You have consistent bad breath
- Teeth are becoming loose
- Your gums bleed easily when brushing
Preventing Gum Disease
Preventing gum disease is pretty simple. Steps to be taken at home combined with regular exams by your dentist go a long way.
Here are some tips for preventing gum disease.
Make sure you are flossing a minimum of once a day. Flossing helps with plaque and loose food particle removal from between the teeth which your toothbrush cannot reach. It does not matter when you decide to floss. Morning, noon, or night – just do it!
- Regular Cleanings
Regular dental exams and cleanings will allow your dentist to detect the early signs of gum disease before it can progress. Regular cleanings allow for the removal of tartar which causes gum disease.
- Brush Your Teeth
Brush at least twice a day and, if possible, after every meal. Removing bacteria from your teeth, gums and tongue help reduce the chance you will develop gingivitis. Make sure you are using a soft-bristled brush and are replacing your toothbrush every three to four months.
If you are ready to care for your total oral health including both the teeth and gums, you should reach out to Milford Dental in Highland, MI and Dr. Jill Seguin. For an appointment, please call (248) 845-4575.Back to Gum Treatment Page